Diss Infant Academy and Nursery

Diss Infant
Academy and Nursery

 

Reception

 

 Welcome to Reception!  We have one Reception class called Rowan Class.

                         Rowan tree facts and mythology | Trees for Life

The Class Teacher is Ms Budgen.  Rowan class has a full time Teaching Assistant, Mrs Flack. The class is  supported by a full time SEN Teaching Assistant Mrs Partridge.

Our school day runs between 8.45am and 3.10pm. Lunch is between 12.00 and 1.00pm.

A typical day in Reception involves two morning and two afternoon whole class carpet sessions and throughout the rest of the day children free flow between the classrooms and outdoor area. The children experience personalised EYFS objective led teaching which focuses on the children's interests and their styles of learning.

P.E. day is Friday. Children come to school on Fridays wearing P.E. kit, including trainers which do not have laces.  Earrings must not be worn for P.E. 

 Summer Term 

Our Summer term topics are What a Wonderful World and Building Bridges and Stepping Stones.

We will be sharing stories and learning about different places, plants and animals. 

The children will continue their PATHS learning and have two PATHS sessions a week. 

Communication and Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories and non fiction books such as Handa's Surprise,  My Bean Diary, The Tiny Seed, Shhh!, Jack and The Beanstalk, Billy's Bucket, Elmer the Elephant, The Leopard's Drum, Tabby McTat and Six Dinner Sid. 

Handa's Surprise : Browne, Eileen: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Handa's Surprise

The Tiny Seed: Amazon.co.uk: Carle, Eric: Books

The Tiny Seed

Shhh! Lift-the-Flap Book: Amazon.co.uk: Grindley, Sally, Utton, Peter:  9780340746622: Books

Shhh!

 

Billy's Bucket: Amazon.co.uk: Gray, Kes, Parsons, Garry: 9780099438748:  Books

Billy's Bucket

Elmer: 30th Anniversary Edition: 1 (Elmer Picture Books): Amazon.co.uk:  McKee, David: 9781842707319: Books

Elmer

The Leopard's Drum Big Book: An Asante Tale from West Africa Big Books:  Amazon.co.uk: Souhami, Jessica, Souhami, Jessica: Books

The Leopard's Drum

Six Dinner Sid: Amazon.co.uk: Moore, Inga: Books

Six Dinner Sid

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We will be following our PATHS curriculum and learning about developing self confidence, giving ourselves compliments and talking about our successes in and out of school. We will be identifying advanced feelings such as love, worried, disappointed, jealous, furious, guilt and generous. We will be learning to apply strategies to cope with difficult situations after adult modelling and support. 

Physical Development

We will continue our PE lessons on Fridays. Children need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. We will learn to kick and dribble balls around obstacles. We will use bikes and wheeled toys outside. 

Mathematics 

We will continue to subitise to 5 and 10. We will count beyond 20 and begin counting in tens to 100 from a single digit number. We will understand and learn about the composition of numbers to 10, including addition and subtraction facts to each number. 

Here is a link to a song to help you learn number bonds to 5. 

Number bonds to 5

 

Reading and Writing

Reading books are sent home every Friday and are returned each Thursday. Our books have been selected to match your child's phonic understanding and the book they bring home is one they have already read in school with us. Please let your child share with you how well they can read this book. 

Collins Big Cat Reading Lions Phonics Level 1 6 Books Bundle Collection:  Amazon.co.uk: 9789444468737: Books

The children continue to practise letter formation every day in Handwriting and Phonics sessions. There are frequent opportunities to write independently and with adult support. 

 

Understanding The World

We will be learning about children who live in different countries. We will be finding out about special days such as St George's Day. We will be spending a lot of time looking at the plants and trees growing in our school grounds and identifying changes that have occurred throughout the year. 

Expressive Arts and Design

 The children will have continued opportunities to make and share their creations and engage in role play inside and outside. 

 

 

 

 

 Spring Term First Half

Our Spring Term first half topic is Treasures Of The Earth 

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories such as Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas and The Gruffalo. We will also be reading non fiction texts about woodland and learning about the kinds of activities you can do in the woods. We will be enjoying a variety of other stories written by Julia Donaldson.  We will be talking about special events such as New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and Chinese New Year. 

Here are some links to some of these stories. 

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution : Pat Miller, Kathi Ember: Amazon.co.uk:  Books

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution

Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport

Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas

The Gruffalo : Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler: Amazon.co.uk: Books

The Gruffalo

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We will continue to give each other compliments as part of our PATHS programme. We will learn simple manners - "please, thank you, sorry" and "you’re welcome". We will learn to use vocabulary to show that we care and treasure each other and talk about family members who we treasure and value. Following the PATHS programme we will learn to identify and name specific feelings such as ‘angry, scared or afraid’ and know how to respond appropriately if we are feeling angry or upset. 

Physical Development

We will continue our PE lessons once a week on FridaysChildren need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. This term we will take part in Gymnastics activities and continue to use footballs, bikes and wheeled toys outside. 

Mathematics

We will continue to consolidate our deep understanding of numbers to 5 by adding and subtracting within 5 and learning how to partition numbers using a part, part, whole diagram. 

We will also continue to use the CBeebies Numberblocks programmes to learn about each number from 6 to 10. This will include the different partitioning for each number, recognising square numbers such as 9 and 4 and learning to add 1 to any number to 10. Children will be introduced to number tracks and use these to say the number which comes before and after a number to 10. 

Reading and Writing

Please continue to read with your child every day and record this in the reading diary. Your child will now be bringing home one of our new library books. These will be changed each Friday so please remember to return your book bag and both books on Thursday morning. Please find an overview of our Phonics Learning below. 

 Children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of letters and sounds when writing independently and with an adult. We also teach spelling and handwriting on a daily basis and children will be gradually introduced to joined up letters over the course of this term. 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about people who we treasure and are special to us. Following discussions and listening to the children's ideas and suggestions, we will find out about treasures buried in the earth such as fossils,  dinosaur skeletons, diamonds and pirate treasure. We will look at maps showing different features and draw our own pirate treasure map. Linked to our learning about the Gruffalo, we will find out more about woods and the types of activities you can do in a wood. It would be helpful if you could visit a wood with your child to support their understanding of this. In addition we recognise and celebrate different traditions, festivals and cultures such as New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Pancake Day.             

Expressive Arts and Design

We will continue to use the different areas in the classroom such as the Creative, Workshop, Painting, Music, Small World and Role Play zones to build on skills the children have already been taught. We will learn new skills such as how to mix colours using powder paint and how to use drawing pencils to make observational drawings of fossils. We will practise scissor skills and learn to cut shapes such as hearts to make a Valentine's Card. Children will continue to follow the music curriculum through Charanga, a Norfolk based music scheme of work and they will watch some performances, songs and dances linked to Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term Second Half 

Our Autumn second half term topic is Starry, Starry Night. 

Communication and Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories such as Mog and the VET, Owl Babies, Can't You Sleep Little Bear, Whatever Next and the Nativity story. Here are some links to some of these stories. 

Mog and the VET

Owl Babies

Can't You Sleep Little Bear

Whatever Next! - 5 to 7 Years - Childrens

Whatever Next

digital projected nativity stage backdrops for school performances

When Jesus Was Born

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We will be learning how to share and take turns when playing with others. We will learn about manners and why it is important to say 'please',  'thank you' and 'sorry'. We will follow the PATHS curriculum and talk about our class rules. 

PATHS 

 

 

 Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.

As part of this, each day there will be a Child of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them. 

Physical Development

We have begun our PE lessons once a week on FridaysChildren need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. We will learn to throw, catch and aim using different objects such as beanbags and balls. 

We enjoy warming up to the Sticky Kids songs and actions. There are some links below to use at home. 

Warm Up! With The Sticky Kids by Sticky Kids, Sticky Kids: Amazon.co.uk:  Music

Sticky Kids

 Mathematics

We will continue to learn how to subitize up to 5.

 We will also be learning to identify missing numbers in a 1 to 5 lineup, understand the composition of numbers to 5 and begin to use a part, part whole diagram to partition numbers. We will learn to add and subtract 1 to and from a number to 5 and develop mastery in knowing number bonds to 5. 

Here is a link to a useful website for helping you to teach number bonds at home. 

Ideas for teaching number bonds at home.

We will learn the language of adding and subtracting 1 by using the terms "1 more" and "1 less". Please encourage your child to do this at home in lots of different contexts. When you are giving food to your child, ask "would you like 1 more?" Understanding 1 less is harder, so practice counting backwards from 10 to zero and teach your child that as the numbers get smaller, we are saying 1 less each time. If you have Duplo bricks at home, make staircases going up and down to help your child understand the "1 more and 1 less" concept. 

Here is a link to a useful website for teaching 1 more and 1 less. 

1 more and 1 less with number staircases

staircase counting frame for teaching one more and one less

 

 

Reading and Writing

You should have received a letter about the reading books we will be sending home for your child to share with you. Make a special time for reading, snuggle up together and celebrate the sounds and words your child recognises. Take time to read stories at bedtime and other points during your day. 

Your child will be writing in Reception every day. We learn to form letters carefully and correctly, holding our pens and pencils using a tripod grip. Children also learn to hear the initial sounds in the words they want to write, and once confident to form these letters, they are encouraged to write the initial sounds independently, with an adult modelling the rest of the word. As children gain more confidence they will start to hear the final and medial (middle) sounds in the words and will be encouraged to write these independently too. Some words are more tricky to write, such as 'the' or 'to'. We will encourage children to learn to read these tricky words each day so that they become embedded and children will be encouraged to write these words independently too. 

 Pyjamarama: celebrate the wonder of bedtime stories at home | BookTrustClose Up Of Father And Sons Reading Story At Home Together By  monkeybusiness¡¯s photos #Ad , #affiliate, … | Classic childrens books,  Childrens books, Kids learning

 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about customs and traditions such as bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance Day and Christmas. 

 

 Diwali - Wikipedia Banging Bonfire Night Firework Displays in London 2020 | Guy Fawkes Night  in London History of Christmas - HISTORY

 We are going to find out about animals and birds that come out at night time such as owls and hedgehogs and learn about hibernation and seasonal changes. 

We will learn about how to keep ourselves safe as the days get shorter. We will learn about road safety, using torches and being seen at night. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be looking at works of art linked to our theme. We will explore different role play and small world environments and enjoy making crafts and gifts for Christmas. We will learn to sing songs, play instruments and maybe get to perform a role in our Nativity story! 

 

 Starry Starry Night - Understanding the Lyrics to Vincent

 

If you have any questions, concerns or queries please come and see a member of the Reception team. I am available at the Reception gate at the end of the school day or please arrange an appointment at the office if you require a longer meeting.

Ms Budgen

 

 

 

Our Autumn first half term topic is Knowing Me, Knowing You

We will be getting to know each other and the adults in the classroom. We will be learning about how to keep ourselves safe and healthy by regularly sanitizing  and washing our hands. We will be investigating the different learning zones in the classroom and learning new vocabulary to describe the resources and equipment we find in the zones. We will be exploring our large outside area, learning to take turns with toys such as bikes and playing alongside each other when using equipment such as large construction. We will learn how to use tools such as glue spreaders, staplers and hole punchers in our Workshop zone. 

 

Communication and Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories such as Goodnight Moon, Farmer Duck and Each, Peach, Pear, Plum. Here are some links to these stories. 

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon: Amazon.co.uk: Wise Brown, Margaret, Hurd, Clement: Books

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck: Amazon.co.uk: Waddell, Martin, Oxenbury, Helen: Books

Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum By Janet Ahlberg

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be learning how to select and use resources independently, take turns and take responsibility for an area of the classroom to keep tidy each day. 

 

Physical Development 

Children will have opportunities to use outdoor equipment such as bats, balls, hoops, balancing toys and bikes. After October half term we will begin to have weekly P.E. lessons on Fridays. Children need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. 

 

Mathematics

Children will will sing number songs and play counting games. We will learn to count sets and subitise numbers up to 5. We will compare sets and look at the composition of numbers up to 5. 

What is subitising?

What is subitising? | Oxford Owl - YouTube

Reading and Writing

Children will be learning phonics from the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Scheme. 

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/ 

As part of this children will be taught daily letter formation and once they are confident with this, we will introduce cursive letter formation as below. 

 

 

Understanding the World 

 We will begin to identify and compare features of our school and home environment. We will talk about how we have grown and changed since we were babies. We will talk about and share special events at home and in our community. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will use the Creative, Painting, Workshop and Role Play Zones in the classroom to investigate different media, fixings, and ways of joining materials together to make models. We will use role play and small world environments to develop narratives and tell stories. 

PATHS 

 

 

 Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.

As part of this, each day there will be a Child of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them. 

 HOMEWORK 

 

 

 Homework arrangements will be updated shortly and we will keep you informed when Reception children will start to do weekly homework tasks.